Rev. Margaret’s speech was quoted in the Daily Hampshire Gazette article (March 22, 2023) that covered the climate rally in downtown Northampton to confront Chase Bank and the other big banks that fund fossil fuel expansion. “Fear, sorrow and anger have brought us here. But above all, we are here because we love, we love this beautiful earth,” she said. “We are here to stand up for life, and we are not alone. We will speak and sing and march in the company and with the support of all the creatures and elements with whom we share this planet.”
The Anglican Communion has just released “Renewing the Life of the Earth: An Eco-Theology Resource.” Rev. Margaret contributed a 6-minute video about how the Church’s mission must change in a time of climate/ecological emergency. The new resource includes brief video presentations on ecological theology and practice from a range of voices across the Anglican Communion. It is designed for anyone who wants to start to engage with issues relating to ecological theology and practice. You can download the complete eco-theology resource here. It includes links to all the videos and a study guide that makes it easy for individuals and groups to explore and discuss the material. You can view Rev. Margaret’s video here.
Just published! A Prisoner and You Visited Me, ed. James Knipper, is a new collection of homilies and reflections for Year A from Clear Faith Publishing. Rev. Margaret contributed a sermon. Other contributors include Richard Rohr, James Martin, SJ, Jan Richardson, Brian McLaren, and many more. All proceeds from book sales go to nonprofits that serve and support people who are living on the margins. Choose from the soft-covered book, the Kindle version, and the Apple iBook version.
Rev. Margaret was a guest columnist for Daily Hampshire Gazette, writing an article, “How to Close a Bank” (November 17, 2022). Click here to read it.
Just published! Sundays and Seasons: Guide to Worship Planning, Year A 2023 is the indispensable annual guide to worship planning that follows the church year and the Revised Common Lectionary. Margaret contributed 16 entries in “Connections with Creation.” For more information and to order your copy, visit Augsburg Fortress.
New book to be released on Earth Day! Margaret contributed a reflection to The Creation Care Bible Challenge: A 50 Day Bible Challenge. Edited by Marek P. Zabriskie, this remarkable collection features fifty days of reflections composed by scholars, priests, bishops, and leaders from around the Anglican Communion. The book can be ordered from the publisher, Forward Movement, and wherever books are sold. #ForwardDayByDay
Just published! Thirsty, and You Gave Me Drink is a new collection of homilies and reflections for Cycle C, edited by Jim Knipper, to which Rev. Margaret contributed a sermon on Luke 14:1, 7-14. Other contributors include Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren, Mark Bozzutti-Jones, Jan Richardson, and many more. Proceeds from the sale of every book go to non-profits that give drink to those who thirst. Choose from the soft-covered book, the Kindle version, and the Apple iBook version.
In October 2021, Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA) published Margaret’s op-ed, “Fasting and Climate Change.“
In October 2021 Episcopal News Service published an interview, “Q&A: The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas on living into the climate crisis with resilience.”
Rev. Margaret’s article, “Climate Change, Addiction, and Spiritual Liberation,” was published on 1 September, 2021, by Religions, as part of a special issue on “Spirituality and Addiction.” Abstract of the article: Climate scientists have sounded the alarm: The only way to preserve a planet that is generally habitable for human beings is to carry out a transformation of society at a rate and scale that are historically unprecedented. Can we do this? Will we do this? Drawing on her long-term recovery from addiction and on her decades of ministry as a climate activist, the author reflects on how understanding the dynamics of addiction and recovery might inform our efforts to protect the web of life and to bear witness to the liberating God of love who makes all things new. To download a pdf, click here.
Margaret was interviewed in June 2021 by Spirit Matters. The wide-ranging conversation covered spirituality, faith, climate action, and hope. You can find a link at the Spirit Matters Website and on YouTube.
The Anglican Theological Review gives ROOTED AND RISING: VOICES OF COURAGE IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CRISIS a thoughtful and positive review! From the Spring 2021 (Vol. 103, No. 2) issue, here is an excerpt from the review by Perry Hodgkins Jones: “Whether hopeful or hopeless, each writer is deeply compelled to work, fight, heal, gather, pray, and insist on a more just world. We are urged to see the climate crisis with open eyes, drinking in the pain and lamentation of the world, human and non-human alike, and persevere toward change. It is motivating to read about each author’s experience of a clear dissipation of fog around purpose and how or why they have committed to making a difference, in whatever way or on whatever scale is possible in their communities.”
Margaret contributed to the new Lenten devotional, PLANTING SEEDS OF HOPE: 40 DEVOTIONS ON CREATION, prepared by Anglican Communion Environmental Network in memory of Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya, the first woman bishop in Africa and one of the pioneer Eco Bishops of the Anglican Communion.
A NEW BOOK! Margaret contributed a sermon to the new anthology, A Stranger and You Welcomed Me: Homilies and Reflections for Cycle B, ed. Jim Knipper. Other contributors include Nadia Boltz-Weber, Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, and Mark Bozzuti-Jones. All proceeds from book sales go to groups that help immigrants, refugees, and those who are undocumented.
As the first chaplain-in-residence for the 2020 CHQ Assembly, Margaret was interviewed for the article, “Bullitt-Jonas to preach on Faith for the Earth for Week One” (June 27, 2020).
With Leah Schade, Margaret co-wrote an article, “Earth Day turns 50: ‘The Earth is where all of us are sheltering in place,‘” published by Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA), April 20, 2020.
Margaret was interviewed for an article by reporter Steve Pfarrer, “Confronting climate change: Facing down the emotional and psychological costs of environmental chaos” (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Dec. 24, 2019).
With Leah Schade, Margaret co-wrote an op-ed, “Greta Thunberg compels us all to be prophets,” published by newspapers in Louisville, KY; Frankfort, KY; and Northampton, MA (Dec. 18, 2019).
Margaret contributed a prayer to the new collection, “Standing in the Need of Prayer, Vol. IV,” SPIRITUAL VOICES: ENVISIONING JUST PEACE WITH EARTH, distributed through Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, available online here.
Margaret contributed to ecoAmerica’s new report, How Faith Communities Fuel Social Movements: Lessons for Climate Advocacy from the Immigration, Black Lives Matter, and President Trump Election Campaigns.
Earth Island Journal published Margaret’s article, “God in the Machine,” in its Autumn 2019 issue. Click here to read it.
How To Preach on the Green New Deal: Margaret contributed one of the tips to this resource for preaching
ROOTED & RISING: VOICES OF COURAGE IN A TIME OF CLIMATE CRISIS is now available for pre-order! Click here to reserve your copy.
Margaret publishes two articles, “Sustain Island Home: Standing up for life” and “We resolved to make a difference in 2019,” in Abundant Times (Winter/Spring, 2019)
Margaret is interviewed about her forthcoming book in an article, “Finding hope and courage in face of climate change” (March 13, 2019)
Margaret’s op-ed, “Opposing Rollbacks to the Magnuson-Steven Act,” is published in Daily Hampshire Gazette (January 16, 2019)
Margaret is quoted in an article, “Faith and science communities join forces to change the world” (November 10, 2018)
Margaret is quoted in an article about science and faith coming together on Cape Cod to tackle the climate crisis, “Sandwich forum focuses on spiritual collaboration in efforts to fight global warming” (November 4, 2018)
Margaret is quoted in an article about the crowds who gathered at a synagogue in Northampton, MA to honor the 11 victims of the shooting in Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 30, 2018)
Margaret reports on an international symposium about the climate crisis, held in Greece, June 3-5, 2018, in Episcopal News Service. The article is here.
Margaret is quoted in a report by Anglican News on Massachusetts faith leaders and scientists joining forces in a climate change emergency appeal (May 31, 2018).
Hot off the presses! Margaret contributed an essay to a collection of essays published in Spring 2018 by SEARCH: A Church of Ireland Journal, on the topic: The Episcopal Church — Standing Up to Climate Change Denial.
Margaret’s monthly “Creation Care Network” e-news is now available on this website. It includes opportunities to learn, pray, act and advocate for the earth. View the archive or subscribe here.
Margaret’s Letter to the Editor is published in the Boston Globe, “Trump is spitting in God’s face by slashing national monuments” (Dec. 15, 2017)
A resolution on climate justice that Margaret presented to the Social Justice Commission passed unanimously at the diocesan convention of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts (Nov. 9, 2017)
With Rabbi Katy Z. Allen, Margaret writes an op ed for MetroWest Daily News, “To love God and neighbor, put a price on carbon pollution” (October 22, 2017)
Margaret’s op-ed, “Harvey reinforces urgency of climate crisis,” is featured in Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 5, 2017.
Margaret wins 2016 EcoPreacher Contest for her sermon, “Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust.”
Margaret was interviewed by masslive (Springfield, MA): Climate change “threatens everything we love” (October 16, 2016)
Margaret gives keynote address, “Climate Change: An Emergency of the Heart,” for an interfaith forum on Oct. 30, 2016, in Springfield, MA.
In September 2016 Margaret received the 2016 “Steward of God’s Creation Award” from the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care.
Margaret’s climate justice ministry goes ecumenical: as of Feb. 24, 2016, she now serves both the Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass. and the Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ.
Margaret was quoted by the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 5, 2016, when she urged Northampton City Council to pass a resolution urging elimination of the solar net metering cap in Massachusetts.
Margaret wrote an article on Hope, resilience, and climate change, published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 16, 2016. Click the link to download a PDF.
On Sept. 22, 2015, Margaret joined a delegation of faith leaders who met at the U.S. State Department with Karen Florini, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change.
On Sept. 21, 2015, Margaret spoke at the prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C. for National Religious Coalition for Creation Care, announcing the release by religious leaders of an Open Letter about climate to President Obama, which she helped to draft. Text of the letter is here.
Margaret speaks about Pope Francis’ encyclical for Bill Newman’s radio show, “The Rev. and the Rabbi” (WHMP, FM 96.9), on Sept. 11, 2015. Podcast is here (Margaret begins speaking 11 minutes into the show).
Bill McKibben’s article on the New England roots of religious environmentalism, “What Religion Can Teach Climate Scientists,” Boston Globe Magazine, July 25, 2015.
Margaret speaks on the radio about the Episcopal Church’s divestment from fossil fuels, for Bill Newman’s morning show, “The Rev. and the Rabbi” (WHMP, FM 96.9), on July 9, 2015. Listen to an MP3.
Margaret was interviewed by the Daily Hampshire Gazette soon after the July 2, 2015, decision by the Episcopal Church to divest from fossil fuels.